The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Main Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Bill Moseley, Jim Seidow, Bill Johnson
Storyline: A radio host accidently over hears a murder that involves a chainsaw over the air. A former Texas Marshall is on the hunt for the cannibal family that murdered his nephew. The two parties combine on their investigation and find the Sawyer family.
Review (Spoils): Welcome to Texas where murders with chainsaws have been happening for 14 years and the police cannot nail it down (remind me not to move there). We have mouthy DJ Stretch Brock (Caroline Williams) who over hears two murders while they were on their car phone talking to her on the air. She gets dragged into the situation and the Sawyer family go to pay her a visit at the station. Around the same time we former Marshall Lefty Enright (Dennis Hopper) who straps on his own chainsaw and cowboy hat and goes on a hunt for his nephew Franklin (yes the same one from the first movie).
This movie has chainsaws, gore, blood, music and the classic Sawyer family such as Leatherface (Bill Johnson), the Cook (Jim Seidow) ,Nibbles (the rotting body of the hitcher hiker from the first movie), Grandpa and now Chop Top(Bill Moseley) a war vet with a metal plate in his head.Chop Top adds a new flavor to the family which was missing since the loss of the hitchhiker. We have a wild ride underground where the family has been hiding out riddled in bones and even the great alter of Grandma. We have the skinning of someone’s face and placed on poor Stretch to wear (yes it was original done here before Rob Zombie did it).
Rating: I liked this film a lot. Yes it was not as classic as the first one but it was nice entry to the series (unfortunately it goes downhill after this one). Yes it can get a little far out to left field and Lefty character is a bit much but overall this film is a pleasant slaughterfest. Grab some cold beers for this one and “Burn them like a Rat!”.